Seeking a good fit in a therapist and beginning therapy can be both joyful and challenging.
I truly believe that residing in each of us is a drive to flourish and seek health. My mission is to help you, via a warm and interactive style, feel deeply understood and connected as you gain awareness of your own unique healing process.
My approach includes listening, fostering self-acceptance, and humor as some of the tools to help you discover, gain understanding, and eventually minimize counterproductive patterns in your life that are standing in the way of reaching your goals.
The goal is for you to leave our first meeting feeling heard and supported. I help with anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, major life transitions and many other stressors of today’s world.
BA in Psychology/Communications from University of Evansville, Evansville, IN. 1988
Master’s in Clinical Psychology at New College of California, San Francisco, CA. 2005
Therapist and Co-Founder, SF Therapy Collective
Co-Founder, Queer LifeSpace
Trained in EMDR (EMDR Institute)
I’ve been working with individuals and couples as a support and guide to uncover their own strengths and find more meaning in their lives and their authentic selves.
I have a master’s degree in counseling from University of San Francisco. Other education includes: HIV and HepC prevention education from City College of San Francisco, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) from the Copeland Institute, and EMDR from the EMDR Institute.
My passion is split between private practice and other areas of community mental health. I employ a client-centered, psychodynamic approach to my therapeutic work with clients.
A safe space, an open heart, and profound respect for individuals is key to nurturing a healthy person. I honor clients’ unique gifts, struggles and hopes.
Specializing in working with individuals and couples struggling with a range of life's challenges.
At its best, therapy is collaborative and interactive. By creating a warm, non-judgmental environment, you will have the safe space to explore any historical and current life experiences that are limiting you.
By helping you to understand your life in new ways, we help guide you to greater healing and happiness.
We specialize in helping with:
• Depression and anxiety
• Self-Esteem/ self-worth
• Sexual issues
• Grief and loss
• Substance use issues
• Managing stress
• Coping skills
Relationships can bring us joy, but when there are communication or conflict resolution problems, that joy has the potential to turn into frustration and disappointment. We specialize in working with couples to help them find that joy again.
We specialize in helping couples with:
• Communication and conflict resolution problems
• Infidelity, both in person and online
• Navigate separation
• Codependency issues
• Sexual issues (we are kink/poly/open aware)
• Premarital/commitment work
• Sexual issues
EMDR therapy is a very powerful therapeutic technique that helps to heal at the deepest level. Incorporating EMDR into your therapy can help those who struggle with depression, anxiety, negative body image, phobias, panic, PTSD and more.
EMDR creates a reduction in emotional and physical distress, increased self-awareness and a renewed perspective on the present moment. This renewed self-acceptance and awareness creates a deeper connection to the core of your being as well as a sense of balance and peace within.
For more information, go to: https:www.emdr.comwhat-is-emdr
We have worked extensively with people in recovery, and have deep respect for your journey to health and wellbeing.
While untangling your relationship with substances, we help to address the underlying factors you may have pushed away.
We work within both abstinence-based and harm reduction models of treatment, believing success is achieving the goals you set for yourself.
We have many years of experience working with the queer community in the Bay Area and we take pride in offering a non-judgmental, affirmative space to talk about queer identities and sexualities. We specialize in working positively with:
• Gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, queer, transgender, non-binary, & gender expansive clients
• Gender exploration
• HIV-related concerns
• Coming out & transitioning
• All issues unique to the LGBTQ+ communities
The journey to being a parent can be demanding. Whether you’re planning on starting a family, coping with a loss, acclimating to parenthood, or have been trying for a while - many people need extra support during these times.
We can help with all kinds of family-building challenges, from mild parenting stress and worry, severe perinatal depression and anxiety, traumatic birth experiences, to grieving the loss of a child.
We are ever in transition. From birth to death, we may experience graduations, creating a family, moving, a new career, divorce, menopause, aging, retirement, death of loved ones, disability, and dying.
Transitions can cause you to feel vulnerable and unsure of what is to come. These times are also opportunities to move with the changes, and you can find meaning and strength to thrive in your new circumstances.
We offer video sessions for those that have obstacles around making it into our offices or travel frequently. We only offer EMDR in person at this time.